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Rolling Stones talk about Brian Jones

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Published on Jul 27, 2010

Including a heartwarming tribute by Charlie Watts.....

Interview from their world tour in 2003 for TOTP2

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Kevin Richards RPM Vocal Studio
I attended a book signing by Bill Wyman in 2003 and he talked extensively about Brian and what led to his downfall. He seemed quite bitter on how he was treated by "certain members" of the band as their fame grew. It was Brian's band, he started and named the band and was then fired from it. Bill saw that as a betrayal. Bill said he was not in favor of firing Brian (neither was Charlie). Bill thought they could get him help so he could become "functional again". But the pressures of the business with record labels, managers, touring, etc. didn't give them the "luxury" of waiting to see if Brian could sober up. So the decision was made to fire him. A decision Bill said was "THE biggest mistake The Stones ever made. - well, up until that point" he joked. Yes, it's true Brian had his dependencies like so many did in those days, but as Bill told it, it was magnified by his sense that the band he started was slipping away from him. That he was losing any sort of say in band business. Bill said he was a "fragile human being" and combine the pressures of fame, drugs and a sense of losing the one thing in your life that really matters (his band) you've got a "ticking time bomb". Unfortunately for Brian - his bomb went off.
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monte61
Brain actually started the band ! No Brian no Stones !
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Angelica Dejesus
It's very easy to talk about a dead man that can't defend himself, how great. All ever Keith and Mick do is dismiss Brian as this idiot drug addict that thought drugs and alcohol 24/7. I remember George Harrison saying " there was nothing the matter with him that a little extra love wouldn't have cured. I don't think he had enough love and understanding. He was very nice and sincere and sensitive, and we must remembers that's what he was." Now if he was just talking nice about him or not, I don't know. At least he wasn't bad mouthing him, but talking about his good qualities.
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kevin b
Brian Jones, was a very misunderstood person. His creativity and brilliant writing, was the main reason the band ever got started to begin with. Mick and Keith need to come clean, and get it off their chests. Can't you see Keith holding back something? Mick is just all business, and a better liar. 
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Gram Parson
BJ=Best Stone on instruments
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Margaret Tudor
I think Charlie put it best. I love Brian and admire his genious - but from all I've read and heard about him from those who knew him - like Charlie - he wasn't very nice. Still wish he was here though. He was such a great musician. His former bandmates said that he could play any instrument, even an instrument he'd never seen before - he could figure out how to play it in just few minutes.
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Angel P.
Who thinks Keith Richards tried to become Brian Jones? but failed.
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The_Lady_Jones
Yes, Keith you are still here because you were not murdered like Brian was. 
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Don Hiebert
I grew up with the Stones. Listened to all their music over the years. I have to conclude the Brian Jones years were the Stones' best. There is something hauntingly beautiful about it. At a time when The Beatles were dominating the charts, Brian Jones forged on. Giving the world a style that you are always drawn to. People don't give enough credit to the guy who created the Stone. Especially the Stones themselves. Very disconcerting to hear their comments. Makes them look like ingrates.
foxycarm1
They were cold to him.  Acted like a bunch of high school mean girls.  No one had the maturity or balls to get him help I guess.  Plus they all wanted to keep riding the fame train and Brain was standing in the way of that.  He probably haunts their azzes, lol.  I would. 
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